The hotly contested term “sustainability” has come to mean many different things, but the original concept is really all about the interconnectedness of social, economic, and environmental sustainability - it's a powerful aspiration to make better decisions today so that we all benefit in the future.
We all know that there are ‘problems’ in the world, from social issues to environmental concerns, and the current state of our world needs a comprehensive collective objective like sustainability to help provide a framework for change. But we first need to overcome some of the legacy issues we have with the concept and framing, bust through the myths that have been inappropriately perpetuated, and get a better understanding of what social, economical, and environmental sustainability is all about.
In this knowledge session, we take a proper look at the concept of sustainability beyond environmental folklore and then lay the foundations for how you can make more informed environmentally and socially-responsible choices in your personal and professional lives alike. We will explore how to integrate sustainability into decision making and take a look at best-practice approaches to understanding its impact, all the while shattering some common “green” myths and further examining how sustainability relates to professional practice. You will discover how to think differently about sustainability, gain insights into the ways in which you can make better decisions, and get the tools needed to integrate social and environmental change into your professional practice. Leyla weaves in fascinating examples of where good intentions have led to not-so-great outcomes while providing you with practical tools that you can start to apply right after the session!
This class is perfect
for designers, social innovators, artists, writers, engineers,
scientists, teachers, farmers, lawyers, politicians, chemists, even astronauts- basically
anyone who is participating in the tasks of understanding and
constructing the world around us--because sustainability is all about
working within the constraints of the planet. And with this course, you
will receive the thinking tools to better understand how to do just that.
If you are interested in participating in redesigning the world so it works better for us all, and if you have a burning desire to understand how the world works in more detail, then this class is for you!
Designer and social change agent Dr. Leyla Acaroglu is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the fields of disruptive design, sustainability, design, and education. As a designer, sociologist, educator, and sustainability provocateur, Leyla is widely known as a pioneer of using design as a catalyst for effecting positive social change. Her main stage TED Talk has over a million views, and she is an author and award-winning designer. Her current projects are all about disrupting the way we share and gain knowledge and challenging the status quo around what it means to be ‘sustainable’. She is the founder of The UnSchool, Disrupt Design and Eco Innovators. Leyla has a PhD in disruptive design for social and environmental change and is the developer of the Disruptive Design Method.
» SUSTAINABILITY: Examine the historical and contemporary underpinnings of sustainability, as both a concept and a practice.
» CRITICAL ANALYSIS: Delve into the product of pop culture’s greenwashing and how to: (a) see through it and (b) avoid accidentally doing it
» REFLEXIVITY: Engage in reflective thinking around environmental impacts and consequences, including understanding function and functional impacts and life-cycle thinking and assessment methods.
» SYSTEMS THINKING: Understand the foundations of social, economic, and environmental considerations in decision making while also developing a deeper understanding of the relations between production, consumption, and resource depletion.
» CREATIVE INTERVENTIONS: Receive the methods for evaluating environmental and social impacts, including the ecological footprint.
The Disruptive Design Method
The Disruptive Design Method is a three-part process for activating social change. It is underpinned by our 12-unit Design Methodology of high-level concepts and content for professionals interested in activating positive social change through their work.
This is session 1 of 12 in the full knowledge set.